UPDATE: PUA website fixed, direct deposits to begin Friday


UPDATE: Today, the state emailed over 15,000 people to let them know they can go back to filing for unemployment.

Nearly 6,000 have already entered their weekly claim.

“I know people have been very patient but we’ve indicated we’ve been working very hard and the team I applaud them for working overnight, extra hours, through the weekend, to get the system secure up and running but also the weekly claims approved,” Gov. Hutchinson said.

UPDATE: In an interview, Governor Asa Hutchinson says the PUA website is fixed.

Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston says direct deposits will begin to go out Friday.

Original Story

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The FBI is now investigating the possible data breach of Arkansas’ Pandemic Unemployment website.

The breach was announced by the state on Saturday morning.

While the investigation continues, the state shut down the site to make sure it is safe and secure for users.

“The data was exploited and so that raises serious concerns. That is the reason the site had to be shut down,” Hutchinson said.

No date has been set for when the PUA website will go back online.

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